Leiden University Medical Center

Getting better by breaking new ground

Leiden University Medical Center

The world is changing: the population is ageing, the number of patients with chronic diseases and disorders is expanding, medical costs are increasing and there is a field of tension between technical options and threats. The health of the global population is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) believes that this challenge asks for a clear vision and mission. Interactive interplay between our core tasks teaching, research and patient care is essential.

At the LUMC employees are trained in lifelong innovation and learning. Researchers let themselves be inspired and test their findings directly in practice. Patients can count on being helped according to the state-of-the-art of science. The LUMC believes in curing but also in prevention.

By calling in companies and organisations in and outside the region, the LUMC makes innovations and new applications actually possible. Thus the LUMC wishes to play a leading role in the development of solutions to healthcare questions.

Our campus

LUMC as employer


Our employees are more than willing to share their stories on what it’s like to work at the LUMC. You can read about their experiences in their testimonials, where they will tell you what they enjoy about working at the LUMC and what makes their job so special and interesting.

At the LUMC we continuously work on improving patient care. We invest in groundbreaking, international research and work with the latest equipment. Together with our team of doctors, medical specialists, teachers, academic researchers and supporting staff, we aim for the best quality in health care, education and international research. And we need you to realize our goals!

Graduate School

Together with the LUMC Graduate School, PhD students focus on career prospects and employability in or outside an academia setting. Graduating at the LUMC means graduating at a top ranked university and is a kickstart for your academic career.

In our academic community, we strongly believe in educating our PhD students and providing them with knowledge and skills for their future career. We offer you a variety of in-depth scientific and transferable skill courses to prepare you for the next step in your career. We also organize lectures and summer schools with other European (LERU) universities.

Throughout your PhD track you will be encouraged to think critically and creatively. You will work towards becoming a researcher or a medical doctor or both. Moreover, together we will focus on your career prospects and employability in academia, industry, education or research management. The LUMC career guidance center can assist with practical workshops and personal advice.

There are endless possibilities to make each day a new adventure

— Franca Witjas, Medical Scientist

What we offer

  • Personal and professional development
  • Close to Leiden Central Station
  • Optimal work-life balance; flexible hours
  • A meaningful workplace; your contribution matters
  • We have our own child care facility “Langhors”, for children of 0 to 4 years of age of our employees

Working at LUMC

Working at the LUMC is more than just a paycheck. Working here is challenging, versatile and meaningful. LUMC offers very favorable working terms and conditions. For instance, you will receive 8% holiday pay, a year-end bonus of 8,3% and a pension plan at ABP, where LUMC pays 70% of the pension premium. LUMC is part of the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) for University Medical Centers (UMC).

We strive for an optimal work-life balance and provide a pleasant work environment. In addition, you can profit from a very attractive bicycle arrangement and eat delicious, fresh made food from our restaurant during your breaks at work. And last but not least, every year we have our LUMC summer barbeque!

But that’s not all! We are very happy with you as our new colleague and because we want you to feel welcome and part of the LUMC team, you will receive a very unique present on your first day!

“The results of today lead to the experiments of tomorrow”

— Inge Briaire-de Bruin, Research Technician Pathology

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